Saturday, January 11, 2020

New Music Friday - October 12, 2018

Be sure to view a list of upcoming releases here!

Essential Full-Length Releases

Anna St. Louis - If Only There Was a River

Watch: "Understand"
Listen: "The Bells"                                                                                                                                                                      

Belly - Immigrant

Watch: "What You Want" (featuring The Weeknd)
Watch: "Xion"                                                                                                                                                                                          

Ella Mai - Ella Mai

Watch: "Boo’d Up"
Watch: "Trip"                                                                                                                                                                  

The Watson Twins - DUO

Watch: "Hustle and Shake"
Listen: "Playing Hearts"                                                                                                                                    

Other Full-Length Releases

Calvin Johnson - A Wonderful Beast

Watch: "Like You Do"
Listen: "Kiss Me Sweetly"

The Dodos - Certainty Waves

Watch: "SW3"
Watch: "Forum"

Elvis Costello & The Imposters - Look Now

Watch: "Unwanted Number"
Watch: "Under Lime"

Kurt Vile - Bottle It In

Watch: "Bassackwards"
Watch: "Loading Zones"

Matthew Dear - Bunny

Watch: "Bunny's Dream"
Listen: "Horses" (featuring Tegan and Sara)

Tom Morello - The Atlas Underground

Watch: "We Don’t Need You" (featuring Vic Mensa)
Watch: "Lead Poisoning" (featuring GZA, RZA, & Herobust)

Singles, EPs, Soundtracks, etc.

Barrie - Singles

Listen: "Michigan"
Listen: "Canyons"

Bloc Party - Silent Alarm Vinyl Reissue

Watch: "So Here We Are"
Listen: "Positive Tension"

Dave Davies - Decade

Listen: "Cradle to the Grave"
Listen: "Same Old Blues"

David Bowie - Loving the Alien (1983 - 1988)

Watch: "Loving the Alien"
Listen: "Zeroes"

Django Django - Winter’s Beach

Watch: "Swimming at Night"
Listen: "Winter’s Beach"

Eric Clapton - Happy Xmas

Watch: "White Christmas"
Watch: "For Love on Christmas Day"

Flat Worms - "The Apparition"/"Melt the Arms"

Watch: "The Apparition"
Listen: "Melt the Arms"

Fleetwood Mac - The Dance Reissue

Listen: "Rhiannon"
Listen: "I’m So Afraid"

Fleetwood Mac - Say You Will Reissue

Watch: "Say You Will"
Listen: "Destiny Rules"

Los Campesinos! - Hold on Now, Youngster…

Watch: "You! Me! Dancing!"
Watch: "Death to Los Campesinos!"

Los Campesinos! - We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed

Listen: "We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed"
Listen: "Miserabilia"

The Monkees - Christmas Party

Watch: "The Christmas Song"
Listen: "Christmas Party"

St. Vincent - MassEducation

Watch: "Savior" (piano version)
Listen: "Slow Slow Disco"

Sunday, December 15, 2019

My Favorite Things of the Week

Good news from the world of '90s alternative rock, John Frusciante is rejoining the Red Hot Chili Peppers! Frusciante has been the on-again-off-again as the guitarist for the group, last leaving the band in 2009. He was replaced by Josh Klinghoffer, who is now departing. I'm excited to see what their next album will sound like with the iconic guitarist back in the fold!

As always, keep an eye on my Upcoming Releases page for new music that I'm excited about!

Lizzo has released several music videos for tracks from her third album, Cuz I Love You. Though she previously released a video for "Good as Hell," she released another video for the track this week. This video sees her joining up with the Southern University marching band in multiple roles; including bandleader, flutist, and dancer. The video brought out some real marching band nostalgia for me!

As beloved an artist as Frank Ocean is, I've heard surprisingly few covers from his contemporaries. This week, Nilüfer Yanya offered her take on "Super Rich Kids," for Triple J's Like a Version series.

Greg Dulli will be releasing a new solo album early next year, and released the album's first single, "Pantomima." The song bodes well for a great album from the artist!

The next album from The Flaming Lips will be a collaborative album with Deap Vally.

The two bands have formed a new group, called Deap Lips, and will release a self-titled album on March 13. The collaboration is one that is both surprising, and perfectly sensical.

Other upcoming albums:

Alanis Morissette - Such Pretty Forks in the Road (May 1)
Brian Fallon - Local Honey (March 27)
Caribou - Suddenly (February 28)
Cindy Lee - What’s Tonight to Eternity (February 14)
Dirty Projectors - Sing the Melody (out now)
Greg Dulli - Random Desire (February 21)
Halsey - Manic (January 17)
Kaytranada - BUBBA (out now)
Khruangbin & Leon Bridges - Texas Sun (February 7)
M. Ward - Migration Stories (April 3)
The Professionals - The Professionals (January 17)
Swamp Dogg - Sorry You Couldn’t Make It (March 6)
Wrekmeister Harmonies - We Love to Look at the Carnage (February 21)

Saturday, December 7, 2019

My Favorite Things of the Week

I hope that everyone had a great Thanksgiving! We spent it, as usual, visiting family in North Carolina. New music tends to slow down during holiday weeks, but here are some of the things I've found recently and love!

I don't have a favorite cover this week, but instead a remix. Jlin is an IDM and electronic music artist from Indiana, known for a percussion-heavy, rhythmic sound. She has brought that sound to St. Vincent's "Smoking Section," from her most recent album.

Freddie Gibbs and Madlib released a collaborative album, Bandana, back in June. They've released numerous music videos for tracks from the album, most revolving around a drug lord character played by Gibbs. In the latest, for "Gat Damn," he plays a cantankerous 80s-style R&B frontman. What amuses me most about the video is the fictional band's violinist; whether intentional or not, I get a kick out of how he holds the instrument.

Dan Bejar sat out the most recent albums from The New Pornographers but will be returning with a new album from Destroyer in January. He has already released one new song, "Crimson Tide," from the album and returned last week with "It Just Doesn't Happen."

Stormzy announced a new album!

He is a grime and hip hop artist from London. He developed an appeal far beyond his home country with his debut album, 2017's Gang Signs & Prayer. After releasing a handful of songs, he recently announced his follow-up, Heavy Is the Head, which is set for release on December 13.

Some more albums to get excited about!

Avey Tare - Conference of Birds/Birds in Disguise (December 5)
Max Bloom - “Bottle” (out now)
Morrissey - I Am Not a Dog on a Chain (March)
Nada Surf - Never Not Together (February 7)
Nicolas Godin - Concrete and Glass (January 24)
Rebecca Foon - Waxing Moon (February 21)
Selena Gomez - TBA (January 10)
The Turning (Original Music Picture Soundtrack) (January 24)

Saturday, November 23, 2019

New Music Friday - August 31, 2018

Be sure to view a list of upcoming releases here!

Essential Full-Length Releases

Anna Calvi - Hunter

Watch: "Don’t Beat the Girl out of My Boy"
Watch: "Hunter"
Watch: "As a Man"                                                                                                                                                                      

Madeleine Peyroux - Anthem

Watch: "On My Own"
Watch: "We Might as Well Dance"                                                                                                                  

Saintseneca - Pillar of Na

Watch: "Ladder to the Sun"
Listen: "Beast in the Garden"                                                                                                                

Tash Sultana - Flow State

Watch: "Salvation"
Watch: "Blackbird"
Watch: "Free Mind"
Watch: "Cigarettes"                                                                                                                                             

Troye Sivan - Bloom

Watch: "Dance to This" (featuring Ariana Grande)
Watch: "Bloom"
Watch: "Lucky Strike"
Watch: "My My My!"                                                                                                                                                               

Other Full-Length Releases

Big Red Machine - Big Red Machine

Watch: "Forest Green"
Watch: "I Won’t Run from It"

Watch: "Gratitude"

D+ - Destroy Before Listening

House of Feelings - New Lows

Listen: "Touchscreen" (featuring Meredith Graves)
Listen: "Shout"

The Kooks - Let’s Go Sunshine

Watch: "All the Time"
Watch: "Four Leaf Clover"

Watch: "No Pressure"
Watch: "Chicken Bone"

Mass Gothic - I’ve Tortured You Long Enough

Watch: "J.Z.O.K."
Watch: "How I Love You"

Watch: "Keep on Dying"
Watch: "Dark Window"

Muncie Girls - Fixed Ideals

Watch: "Locked Up"
Watch: "Clinic"

Watch: "Picture of Health"

Thou - Magus

Watch: "The Changeling Prince"
Listen: "Inward"

Wild Nothing - Indigo

Watch: "Letting Go"
Listen: "Canyon on Fire"

Singles, EPs, Soundtracks, etc.

Babygirl - Lovers Fevers

Watch: "Soft"
Listen: "Over in No Time"

The Band - Music from the Big Pink - 50th Anniversary

Listen: "This Wheel’s on Fire"
Listen: "The Weight"

Depeche Mode - Speak & Spell Singles Collection

The Highwaymen - Highwayman Reissue

Watch: "Highwayman"
Listen: "The Last Cowboy Song"

Iron & Wine - Weed Garden

Listen: "Waves of Galveston"
Listen: "What Hurts Worse"

Justice - Woman Worldwide

Watch: "Love S.O.S."
Listen: "Randy"

KIN: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Listen: Mogwai - "We’re Not Done"
Listen: Mogwai - "Donuts"

King of the Road: A Tribute to Roger Miller

Listen: Kacey Musgraves - "Kansas City Star"
Listen: Loretta Lynn - "Half a Mind"

Paul Simon - One Trick Pony Reissue

Listen: "One Trick Pony"
Listen: "Late in the Evening"

Paul Simon - The Rhythm of the Saints

Watch: "Obvious Child"
Listen: "The Rhythm of the Saints"

Sufjan Stevens - The Avalanche Vinyl Reissue

Listen: "The Avalanche"
Listen: "Chicago" (Adult Contemporary version)

Sunday, November 17, 2019

My Favorite Things of the Week

Check out my Upcoming Releases page for more new music!

The soundtrack for Peaky Blinders was released this past Friday and includes new songs from a number of amazing musicians, including Laura Marling, PJ Harvey, and Queens of the Stone Age. It also features a new song from Anna Calvi, "You're Not God." The song doesn't feature her vocals much, aside from audible breaths and growls, but instead focuses on her incredible guitar work.

FKA twigs recently appeared on BBC 1 to perform songs from her new album, Magdalene. In addition to "home with you," and "cellophane," she also performed a cover of Gershwin's jazz classic "Summertime." Despite the song's 85 years as a jazz standard, she manages to bring something new with her distinctive breathy vocals.

Every music video released by Rosalía has been amazing, usually featuring colorful costumes and well-choreographed dance sequences. These don't feel like typical pop videos, though. There's something to the camera work and cinematography, and of course her music, that elevates her videos above the fray.

This week, Moses Sumney announced a two-part album, græ.

He released an incredible debut album, Aromanticism, in 2017, followed up by the Black in Deep Red EP last year. Based on the first track from the album, "Virile," he is only building on the loose song structure and jazz-influenced vocals that made his earlier work so amazing. Part one of the album will be released in February, and part two and the physical release coming on May 15.

Also announced this week:

Action Bronson - Lamb Over Rice (November 22)
Andrew Bird - HARK! (out now)
Andy Stott - It Should Be Us (out now)
Animal Collective - Ballet Slippers (November 22)
Annie Hart - A Softer Offering (December 13)
Black Lips - Sing in a World That’s Falling Apart (January 24)
C.Y.M. - C.Y.M. (out now)
Camila Cabello - Romance (December 6)
Grimes - Miss Anthropocene (February 21)
Free Nationals - The Free Nationals (December 13)
Hamerkop - Remote (February 7)
The Homesick - The Big Exercise (February 7)
Katie Gately - Loom (February 14)
Lee Ranaldo & Raül Refree - Names of North End Women (February 21)
Noel Gallagher’s High-Flying Birds - Blue Moon Rising (March 6)
Of Montreal - UR FUN (January 17)
Okay Kaya - Watch This Liquid Pour Itself (January 24)
The Rentals - Q36 (June 2)
Rose Cousins - Bravado (February 21)
The Secret Sisters - Saturn Return (February 28)
Tinashe - Songs for You (November 22)
Walter Martin - The World at Night (January 31)
Wiki - OOFIE (out now)
Wolf Parade - Thin Mind (January 24)
Yorkston/Thorne/Khan - Navarasa: Nine Emotion (January 24)